August 25, 2017

The Heart Truth about Diabetes – Greater Risk for Heart Problems

“People with diabetes are at higher risk of heart disease as a result of insulin resistance and high blood sugar, both of which are damaging to blood vessels,” said Autumn Carroll, clinical pharmacist and diabetes educator at Mission Health. “This damage to blood vessels can happen in any area of the body, but when it […]

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April 28, 2017

Dining Out with Diabetes – Seven Tips for Making Your Next Meal Out Healthy and Enjoyable

By Trisha McBride Ferguson Whether it’s a special occasion or a weeknight with no time to cook, going out for a meal is something to look forward to — but it can be a challenge if you have diabetes. With diet restrictions and blood sugar issues, eating out can feel like an obstacle course in […]

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March 29, 2017

Diabetes & Exercise – New Guidelines Say Physical Activity Impacts Diabetes Management

By Jaime Taylor Late last year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) issued new exercise guidelines for people diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. “New ADA recommendations are safe and excellent guidelines for diabetes patients to follow when regulating blood sugar in addition to previously recommended regular exercise and diet management,” said Whitney Garren, […]

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November 17, 2016

Diabetes and the Holidays – Survival Strategies to Help Keep You Healthy

By Tony Glenn Most of us who struggle with weight issues or the concept of healthy eating know that the majority of the battle takes place in the mind. During the holiday season there is so much mental and emotional pressure centered around meals and social eating that we often give in and eat far […]

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November 14, 2016

Managing Diabetes and an Active Lifestyle – Tips from Someone Who’s Making It Work

By Deanna Thompson In fall 2013, Michael Pritchard suddenly began feeling exhausted just a few hours into his workday at Biltmore Forest Country Club, where he is Director of Tennis. It was a startling change for the trim, physically active Pritchard, a former high school All-American who had battled his way to the NCAA finals […]

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November 7, 2016

Exercise Really Does Impact Diabetes Management

By Jaime Taylor This week, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) issued new exercise guidelines for people diagnosed with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This is the first time the ADA has issued independent guidelines for all Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes patients. The new guidelines call for 3 or more minutes of light […]

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August 9, 2016

5 Cooking Tips for People with Diabetes

By Morgan Rettig, MHS, RDN, LDN Cooking for a person with diabetes is really the same as cooking for the whole family, focusing on well-balanced meals. 1 – Retire the Deep-fryer Limit saturated fat intake. For a 2,000-calorie diet, this should be about 16 grams of saturated fat per day. Avoid frying foods and choose […]

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March 22, 2016

Managing Diabetes, One Day at a Time: How Tommy Opliger Turned His Health Around

By Jennifer Sellers Before retirement, Tommy Opliger was an over-the-road truck driver. While he enjoyed his profession, he admits it wasn’t conducive to a healthy lifestyle. “I ate at a lot of fast food restaurants, a lot of truck stops and a lot of buffets,” he said. “And there was very little exercise. I rode […]

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November 17, 2015

Expert Advice on Preventing Diabetes from the Director of Mission Health’s Diabetes Center

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, so Dr. Valerie Garrett, Medical Director of the Diabetes Center at Mission Health, explains how simple lifestyle changes and can greatly reduce your risk of developing diabetes. If you have questions about more ways to prevent the onset of diabetes, or if you already have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, contact […]

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June 24, 2015

Helpful Summer Tips for Managing Diabetes

  Simple tips from a nurse, pharmacist and dietitian to use during the summer months for people with diabetes! Heat can really affect BG meters and strips—do not leave them in the car on a hot summer day. Heat can ruin insulin! Do not leave insulin on a window sill or in your car. Keep your insulin […]

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